HONOLULU (AP) - The public comment period on whether to allow effluent from a Kauai shrimp farm to be discharged into the ocean has been extended until Dec. 3.
Sunrise Capital wants to renew a federal Environmental Protection Agency permit to pipe the liquid from a shrimp farm in Kekaha.
A crowd of about 50 people who attended a public hearing on Wednesday were split on the proposal, according to the Kauai Garden Island.
Opponents say the effluent diminishes ocean recreation opportunities. Among the critics are the Sierra Club's Kauai branch and People for the Preservation of Kauai.
But Dr. George Chamberlain, a director of Sunrise Capital's parent company, says the farm discharge has no detrimental affect.